Summer Triangle 2009
Last Update: 9/24/2009
Link to Prolog What took you so long
Link to August 18, 2009 Getting ready to leave
Link to August 19, 2009 Leaving Saint Clair MI to Port Sanilac
to August 20, 2009 Port Sanilac
to August 21, 2009 Port
Link to August 22, 2009 Harrisville to Presque Isle
Link to August 23, 2009 Presque Isle to Cheboygan
to August 24, 2009 Cheboygan to
Link to August 25, 2009 Docked in Mackinaw
Link to August 26, 2009 Mackinaw to Leland
Link to August 27, 2009 Leland to Manistee
Link to August 28, 2009 Manistee to White Like
to August 29, 2009 Cleanup in
Link to September 3, 2009 Info about the weir
Link to September 5, 2009 Marilyn and I visit summer Triangle on Saturday
Link to September 6, 2009 Marilyn and I visit summer Triangle on Sunday
Link to September 9, 2009 Travel to the boat
Link to September 10, 2009 Repairs and grocery shopping
to September 11, 2009
to September 12, 2009 Ludington to
to September 13, 2009
Link to September 14, 2009 Leland to Charlevoix MI
Link to September 15, 2009 Charlevoix to Mackinaw MI
Link to September 16, 2009 Stay in Mackinaw
Link to September 17, 2009 Mackinaw to Presque Isle
Link to September 18, 2009 Presque Isle to Presque Isle – Darn I hate it when that happens
Link to September 19, 2009 Presque Isle to Harrisville
to September 20, 2009 Harrisville to Port
Link to September 21, 2009 Port Austin weather layover
to September 22, 2009 Port
to September 23, 2009
Summer Triangle spent the winter of 2007 in covered storage and I was going to do “a little work” on her before putting her back into the water in 2008. When she came out of the shed, I had them put her on the hard where I had ready electrical access for running power tools. In spite of frequent visits (about 90 minutes each way) I didn’t make much progress other than learning a lot of ways not to varnish. I did give the old dingy to Nick and bought, but didn’t inflate (or mount) a new one from West Marine. About the only thing that got varnished was the “Hat Band”, a strip of teak around the fly bridge, and I didn’t do a great job on that. Meanwhile the handrails and cap rails really went to pot in the summer sun. Oh, and I had a lot of the canvas resewn, new zippers etc.
During the winter of 2008-2009 I lost 50 pounds which improved my ability to get around on the boat a lot. I still need to lose another 50 but I’m working on it.
In 2009 I attacked with renewed vigor. Ed Smith of Riversbend Marina installed a Vetus 60 Kilogram bow thruster. Steve Ream wired it in with my technical assistance. We used “00” welding cable from the two 8D start batteries because the round trip distance was about 70 feet counting all the twists and turns. The prewired Vetus cable to the flybridge connector had to be disassembled to get it thru the wire chase. A bow thruster is a thing of beauty if you remember to turn on the power switch.
Also, with my able technical assistance, Steve installed two 8 circuit switch panels, one on the flybridge where the old Loran was and one in a sloped front console hanging from the main salon overhead. What a difference from the old wiring system which had been modified over the years with fuses scattered everywhere. Now virtually everything 12 volts has its own fused switch.
Also, we removed the old autopilot and replaced it with a Com-Nav 1420 and took out all the old Raytheon chartplotter and radar. No More Chips. I put in a small industrial PC (from Small PC of Burlington Ontario, Canada) running Windows XP Pro. To that I added Jeppeson Nobeltec MaxPro chartploting software and a Nobeltec 2KW radar. The PC has dual video outputs and I configured them to give me identical screens at each helm. I am using 17” LCD flat panels. I originally scored a great deal on two 19” screens but they were too, too big. You couldn’t see around the lower helm screen.
I had some false starts on the GPS before putting in a Quatech 4 serial port to USB expander. I was able to hook up a Furuno GPS thru the Quatech and got rid of the driver conflicts that had been shutting the computer down. I still have to hook the new AIS and the new heading sensor into the Quatech, and I plan to hook in the upper helm depth sounder which has an NMEA output.
The old lettering on the side near the stern that identified the boat as an Albin 36 was in bad shape from years of polishing, and mostly illegible on the port side, so I finished removing the existing and got some new lettering from Boat US. Darn that looks good!
Also, I got the dingy
inflated and purchased some close out Weaver Davits from Boaters World as they
were going out of business. I picked up a 6 foot dock box, also seriously
discounted, and put it on the flybridge to hold extra
fenders and lines. So the dingy is on the swim platform hiding the beautiful
transom artwork. Nobody knows my name. I ordered two sets of lettering from
Boat US with one line each “Summer Triangle” and “
Tuesday August 18, 2009 After a lot of work we are loading the boat with a hoped for Wednesday morning departure. I don’t quite believe it. Lots of stuff to fill you in about. But, I’m busy packing and I have to make a last minute run to pick up a new “Smart” GPS antenna. This really is a test to make sure I can still do updates from the laptop. More to follow…..
Tuesday night after a long wait for the “Smart” GPS antenna Marilyn and I picked up Steve on the way to the boat. The Trailblazer was loaded. After we unloaded the trailblazer about 10:00 PM Marilyn made a grocery run while Steve and I put stuff away. We didn’t get to bed until after midnight with the alarm set for 6:00 AM. I think that is the way things will go for a while.
August 19, 2009 The
blasted alarm went off in my stateroom. Marilyn was sleeping in the salon so I
requested her to turn on the coffee while I woke up. Marilyn drove the Trailblazer
down to the bridge to take pictures of us leaving. We were hoping to get untied
in time for the 7:00 AM bridge opening but didn’t get there until just before
7:30 AM. We called on the VHF but no answer. We tooted our horn, but no answer.
Finally we read the fine print on the sign that said the bridge would open
between 2:00 AM and 8:00 AM on demand by
prior arrangement. We tied to the seawall and Steve ran over to Tim
Horton’s for breakfast sandwiches and coffee. We were ready for the 8:00 AM
opening. We made it to
For the technically inclined, the Foruno data sheet said the output was RS-422 but the Quatech data concentrator didn’t get any data when set for RS-422. The Quatech data sheet promised jumper selectable terminating resistors inside the box but they were not there. I didn’t have a 100 ohm resistor in my pocket, hence the weird RS-232 connection.
After getting the GPS working on the laptop, we moved the clipped together rig to the “Navigation Computer”. Eureka, it worked sitting on the dash.
Arrived in Port Sanilac about 4:30 PM. We made good time with a little bit of breeze behind us. As they say, “fair winds and following seas”.
Thursday August 20, 2009 Alarm went off at 6:00 AM and we were gone by 7:00 AM. The engine did not quite sound right, like we did not have enough water flow. We pulled in at Harbor beach and tied up for about an hour while Steve cleaned the sea strainer (half full of weeds), then the hose to the sea strainer, then he took off the right angle fitting that fed the hose (full of weeds) and finally pushed the weeds in the seacock back into the lake. Finally we had good flow. After putting it all back together again we were off for Port Austin. Now the seas were getting worse with 6-8 feet. When we turned West at the tip of the thumb it slowed us from 6.5 to 4.5 knots with the same engine speed (1800 RPM). We got into Port Austin about 6:00 PM and after dinner at a local bar, made a more permanent connection of the GPS to the data concentrator. Between routing the power, rain squalls and computer “issues” it took a while. Ever try soldering D-Shell connectors in the dark on the flybridge after midnight? Worse yet, the air conditioner in the forward cabin kept tripping the circuit breaker. We did not have a meter to measure the current so we put it off and opened a hatch.
August 21, 2009 Alarm
went off at 7:00 and I got up to find Steve had already done the engine checks
and bungeed everything down for a rough day. We started immediately. South
winds were forecast for 20-25 knots veering to Southwest. Waves were forecast
4-7 feet. We figured if we crossed
Good thing I didn’t nap. I was in the salon when a somehow familiar guy came marching down the dock waving his finger at me. I sure didn’t know what I had done wrong. Maybe I didn’t check in soon enough? No, it was a face from the past. Steve Baksis who used to do creative stuff like advertising brochures, was now living in Harrisville. He had seen and then lost Steve Ream walking in town so he decided to look on the dock and found me. We chatted for a bit and then he had to go back to his dog (not allowed on the dock). Anyway, we all got together and went to the bowling alley for the Friday night steak dinner special. It was good to see Steve again. Funny thing, Steve Baksis is helping a friend in Harrisville restore a Marine Trader so he had some questions about the Albin.
Saturday August 22, 2009 We left Harrisville about 7:15 to take advantage of the early calmer water and headed for Presque Isle Harbor or if the going went well, Rogers City. Pushing thru the oncoming waves slowed us to 4.5 to 5.5 knots so we called it a day at Presque Isle. It is a pretty harbor with a nice restaurant or across the street a Deli and Pizza place.
August 23, 2009 Boy, did
I finally get a good night of sleep. We left Presque Ile about 7:45 headed for
Cheboygan. On the way we were passed by the trawler Odessey
also bound for Chebogan and later for the
August 24, 2009 We only
had a short run so we didn’t get started until 8:20 AM. We arrived in Mackinaw
at 11:20 just 3 hours later. Marilyn is on her way by car to spend the night
and she picked up a new heading sensor at X-Com before leaving. We expect her
here about 5 or 6 tonight. Steve and I finally had a nice day and some spare
time to apply the boat name and hailing port to the front of the flybridge and to the bottom of the dingy. Also got some new fuel filter elements, a new engine room light and
some misc. stuff at Sheplers Marine store.
Steve and I figured out how to change the fuel filter, and Steve mounted the
engine room light. Steve and I swapped air conditioner circuit breakers to see
if we possibly had a bad breaker. After all the work I had done on that AC unit
it sure didn’t seem fair, but the problem was with the AC unit, not the
breaker. Oh, well, who needs AC at the
When Marilyn got here, she dropped off the stuff and went to see an old friend’s new house. Steve and I replaced the heading sensor and tried to tune it. The book says after you turn the sensor 360 degrees the flashing lights should turn off. They did not. But, curiously enough, it seems the autopilot is working. Steve and I took Summer Triangle out for a short cruise and it seemed to hold the heading fairly well. Also, we could make minor course changes from the operator’s control.
After that, we went to dinner and when we came back put stuff away and went to bed.
August 25, 2009 Marilyn
and Steve packed up for the long trip back to Motown. I get to stay on the boat
and do maintenance. So far, I primer painted the Samson post. We had stripped
it when we stripped the rails but never got around to painting it. Oh, well,
this is a start. Mike and
Wednesday August 26, 2009 The autopilot is working in Pilot mode. I’m not sure about the Nav mode. It seems like the chartplotter is giving the autopilot heading information but the autopilot heading sensor is different by a few degrees and the cross track error keeps building up. Also, the AP heading sensor seems to be uncomfortable near the bow thruster. I’m going to think about that. We had a long (13 hour) day getting to Leland about 8:00 PM. It turns out there was no one there to assign a slip or take our money. We had dinner at “The Cove”. It was the closest place and my knees hurt. I sure am glad we didn’t have to hand steer that 13 hours.
Thursday August 27, 2009 Slept in until 7:00 AM. Engine start at 8:00 AM after slowly adding a quart of oil. How can a funnel act up? The barometer was 30.41. You couldn’t ask for a better day. Before leaving the dock we made one more check on the forward air conditioner and realized no water was coming out the side. I think we got weeds in the AC strainer, probably back at Port Sanilac. We cruised at 6 to 6.5 knots all day and expect to be tied up in Manistee about 7:00 PM tonight. We were tied by 6:30. Ate some brat’s and went to bed. Possible 12 hour run tomorrow but the fuel dock doesn’t open until 8:00 and diesel is only $2.49. Its hard to believe I haven’t bought fuel for nearly two years. I hope the vents aren’t clogged.
August 28, 2009 The alarm
went off at 7:00. Mike was already up and the coffee was perking. I reset the
alarm for 7:30 and laid back down. Oops, the vents are
clogged. I got 20 gallons into the starboard tank and 65 into the port tank.
I’ve got to clean those vents. We were underway by 9:00 AM and docked in
Saturday August 29, 2009 Marilyn and I came back to the boat to pick up stuff and clean up.
Thursday September 3, 2009 Here is a link to the latest Fish Barrier information. This should be updated periodically.
They claim the new weir has a voltage of 2 volts per foot. All the thru hull penetrations on Summer triangle are electrically bonded together. It is approximately 25 feet from the first thru hull to the transom zinc. If all that voltage was imposed on the bonding system, it would melt the conductors. Just one more reason to turn back.
Saturday September 5, 2009 Marilyn and I visit summer Triangle.
In the 1973 movie Magnum Force, Inspector Callahan said “A man's got to know his limitations”. Marilyn pointed out to me that in the rush to get under way we had never taken a “shakedown cruise” and I effect our rush to Chicago was our opportunity to find out if the new electronics is/was working or not. The GPS connection was tested in the cabin after two days of travel. The converter box is still not mounted in its permanent location and the AIS, depth sounder and heading sensor still haven been connected. In the rush to get going a lot of things were just good enough. Even such a simple thing as raising the stern light to clear the dingy had not been finished. Since the stern light was welded to one of the handrail stanchions, raising it was not practical, I purchased a new stern light, with replacement lamps as well as a ten foot piece of 1 inch stainless tubing. The folks at Newton Manufacturing crafted a thing of beauty with the new light SOLIDLY affixed to the ten foot pole, Steve Ream and I snaked the boat wire thru the pole to the light and cut the pole to the appropriate length with a pipe cutter. On Saturday I finally got it installed and tested. Now the stern light not only turns on, but because it is higher than the dingy, it can also be seen, Saturday night we left shortly after 7:00 PM to go to Tony’s Bistro in Muskegon (recommended if you can drive) with Sue and Mike only to find out that Bob Keene had visited shortly after we left. Sorry Bob.
Sunday September 6, 2009 We got up quite early because I wanted to get some useful work done before John and Char Keegstra arrived to see the boat. Like Sue and Mike, we have known John and Char since before any of us were married, Now we all have grand kids, Funny how time flies when you are having fun, Anyway they drove up after church under threat of being handed a paintbrush if the got arrived before 2:00 PM. The good news is that I was able to add a bit of varnish to the hand rail and about half the cap rail before they arrived.
John helped me test my new invention. I had assembled a 1” hose barb with appropriate reducers to a compressed air quick connect fitting. Since the plumbing to the engine sea water strainer had gotten clogged when I pulled in, I removed the 1” hose from the strainer with only a dribble of water coming out, After hooking up the compressed air at 70 PSI we blew a lot of bubbles out the starboard side and the water started to flow properly. HORRAY, one of my inventions worked,
After dinner onshore with
John and Char, Marilyn and I packed up and headed to a free frequent sleeper
hotel room in
We hope to see Summer Triangle Wednesday September 9, 2009 with some minor repairs (like clear the fuel tank vents) on Thursday the 10th followed by an early departure (weather willing) September 11, 2009. We are likely to be a bit more careful about the weather so it may take 3 or more weeks to get back to St. Clair (and home). Marilyn has decided she will be the crew on the voyage back home. She is a bit apprehensive about the big water but I think she will like it. And she can take as many pictures as she wants. I got the phone number to call for a mechanic before we left for home.
Wednesday September 9, 2009 I called the number I had been given for a mechanic and it turned out to be at the marina next door. It seemed kind of funny but, stranger things have happened. I scheduled a mechanic for a couple hours of work on Thursday. Opps, turned out to be more like 6 hours. But, I digress. Shortly after scheduling the work with Crosswinds I got a call from Moxie Marine, wondering what was going on. It turns out the phone numbers are 1 digit apart.
Thursday September 10, 2009 Well, anyway we wound up getting our work done at Crosswinds and they did a fine job. One of the things that happened is we clogged the water line to the engine yet again getting out of Moxie so we kept the boat at Crosswinds for Thursday night. While I watched and learned from the mechanic, Marilyn took advantage of still having a car and went grocery shopping. The fuel tank vents are clean, the holding tank is pumped, the generator works and both air conditioners work and the cupboards are full. I had a new cable installed to parallel the house batteries so I should get longer life. We each went to bed about 9:00 PM to get an early start but neither of us got to sleep before midnight.
September 11, 2009 My
alarm went off at 6:00 AM. It took only a moment to turn it off and go back to
sleep. About 8:00 both of us got up, each made coffee (decaf for me and regular
for Marilyn), took showers and had engine start at 9:30 AM. We were actually
under way by 10:00 and out on
September 12, 2009 I went
to sleep a little after 9:00 PM and didn’t wake up until Marilyn started making
her coffee at 8:00 the next morning. I did my usual engine checks (before I
even had coffee). The engine oil level was good; the sea strainer flowed like
crazy and only had one weed in it. But, I noticed the engine coolant tank was
empty. Not even Crosswinds is perfect. When they
worked on the engine stop solenoid they detached a support for the coolant tank
hose and forgot to reattach it. The hose rubbed on a pulley and got a hole in
it letting the coolant drain from the tank. Fortunately the hole was not far
from the engine end of the hose so I cut off the defective portion and
re-routed and reattached it. Bill had left me a gallon of coolant which was
still in the engine room so I was able to re-fill the coolant tank and close up
the engine room. Then about 10:00 AM we left the slip and went to the fuel
dock. The clean fuel vents are wonderful. I took on 100 gallons of diesel which
brought the tanks up to 19 inches. That might be enough to get us home with our
fingers crossed. So, anyway we got out to Lake Michigan just before 11:00 AM
and headed for
September 13, 2009 We got going
after nice showers at about 9:30 and got into
The docks are unattended
(again) but some nice folks from a sailboat, “Brassy” out of
Verizon has let us down. No connection at Leland. We will have to connect after we get out on the lake in the morning. Or more likely wait for Charlevoix.
September 14, 2009 I did
not sleep well. I went to bed about 9:00 and couldn’t get to sleep even though
I was dog tired. I got up and read a couple of times and finally got to sleep
around 2:00 in the morning. Needless to say Marilyn was up first and made her
coffee then mine. With my coffe ready I had to get
up. Marilyn took a walk around town and I did my engine checks. All was well.
Brassy moved over to the gas dock and we got out ahead of them. Can you imagine
us being ahead of sailors? We were in
September 15, 2009 I got a
great night’s sleep from 9 until almost 8 in the morning. With a nice shower
and engine checks, we didn’t leave until the 10:00 AM bridge opening. We should
have done nine! The waves were barely
there, really flat water until we got to Gray’s Reef and turned east for the
bridge. We could see the bridge support columns from 20 nm away. Then the wind
began to pick up. By the time we were going under the Big Mac the waves were
3-4 feet and the wind was picking up. Fortunately I called the Mackinaw City
Marina because they were about to close. They promised to wait for us and thank
God gave us a hand getting into the slip because the wind was even overcoming
the bow thruster. This wind was NOT predicted. The prediction for Wednesday is
for 6 foot waves and so we are going to stay in
We tied the boat down really, really well and had hot dogs from the microwave along with a can of baked beans for dinner. Tomorrow we will probably eat out again. I got a possible clue to why the inverters for the screens keep kicking off. As we were approaching the bridge, the lower helm inverter kept going T.U. I replaced it with a spare plugged into the DC outlet at the lower helm. When I bumped the spare, it cycled off too. Maybe they can’t take the motion. At least I can now do some experimenting to see if that is a possible cause. When Steve and I were on the way to Mackinaw the inverters kept cycling off and we would have to reset them. We even ran on the spare for a while, but it never failed. I hope it is as simple as just finding inverters that don’t mind a little bump.
Wednesday September 16, 2009 When I wake up I will be a year older. Funny how time flies when you’re having fun. I did not sleep worth a darn last night. Maybe it was the wind and maybe it is just that I get one good night followed by one bad night. Let’s hope tonight is a good night. We need to get an early start tomorrow, none of that “Crack of Noon” stuff on the boat. I got my engine checks out of the way and we created a tentative schedule. All boat plans are written with pencil in the sand, but anyway here is what we think might happen.
Day Travel Approx Distance Approx Time @ 6 knots
Thursday Mackinaw to
Friday Rogers City to Alpena 61 nm 10 hours
Saturday Alpena to Oscoda 55 nm 9 hours
Sunday Oscoda to Port Austin 32 nm 5
Tuesday Harbor Beach to
Thursday Saint Clair to
Friday drive to
The sign in the Harbormaster’s office says waves will be 1 foot tomorrow. Of course it is written on a dry erase board which is quite similar to pencil in the sand. Perhaps that is just because they don’t have much distance to build up from the UP. They might get bigger further south. Marilyn’s wind website says winds will be out of the North at 9-15 knots which should give us a little push. Later they will change to westerly which should be OK since we will be on a lee shore. Later in the week they may get worse but long range predictions are subject to revision (pencil again). So, I will set the alarm for 6:00 AM and we will be out of here before 8:00. At 6 knots, it is nine hours to Roger’s City
September 17, 2009 “Older
than dirt”. The first person I
heard use that expression is now daisy pushing. I’ve got to do it while I can.
Marilyn gave me a nice “
As you may have noticed, I broke my pencil. We got an early start and caught a tailwind and made 6.5 knots most of the time so we blew past Roger’s City to Presque Isle – 61 miles. The marina is officially shut down, so there are no bathrooms and no fees but the power is on at the post and the restaurant is open. The folks from Oscoda called and they do not have accommodations for us so we are going to get an early start for Harrisville (49 miles) and from there to Port Austin, if the weather holds, saving a day. Marilyn had blue gills for dinner and for my birthday I went all out and had a grilled chicken Caesar salad - whoopee.
September 18, 2009 I got
up at 6:00 to turn off the darned alarm. Marilyn said she could hear the wind
blowing thru the ventilators. About 9:30 the sailboat “Windchime”
left. We talked to them at dinner and their final destination is
Looks like if we leave early we can make Harrisville before the wind gets too bad and Port Austin on Sunday. But Monday looks like we will stay in Port Austin until Tuesday waiting for good weather.
Saturday September 19, 2009 Since there was no way to take a shower at Presque Isle (or do anything else for that matter) and the engine checks were all done the day before, we got off to an early, for us, start at 7:30. We held to about 1800 RPM and got over 6 knots most of the way. We pulled into Harrisville at the fuels dock and filled the starboard tank with 42 gallons. Then we got a pumpout and moved to a dock for the night. The dock hand had a neat trick of flicking the line and having it add a turn around the cleat. Not only that but he could also do the finish turn with a flick of his wrist, something I still have trouble doing bending over. Marilyn took a walk around the dock and we had the last of the hot dogs for dinner. Went to bed at 9:00 PM and I slept well. I wonder if it has something to do with whether my blower is running on AC or DC power. No Verizon internet service here but great showers.
September 20, 2009 We didn’t get going until about 8:45
(great showers) so Marilyn suggested we put some more coal in the boiler. I ran
the engine to 2000 RPM and kept it there all day. We made about 6.6 knots to
Port Austin and pulled in about 3:00 PM just an hour before they closed for the
season. The harbormaster told us about the great plans they have for the
harbor. He says the funding has been approved and all the engineering studies
done. The harbor improvements are all paid for with boat fuel and registration
fees (and a federal grant here and there), but no money from the state general
fund. The improvements are coordinated with the village so it will take about
three years until everything is done. Floating docks will be a big help.
Verizon service here is great, all the bars. We are expecting 20 MPH winds from
the south tomorrow and so we plan to stay right here in Port Austin (at no
charge because they are closed) but the electricity and the restrooms are open
until Thursday. Tuesday looks like the winds will drop and we can make
Somebody remind me to put my regular glasses on (not my sunglasses) when I write on the computer. By the way, I got some new Polaroid sunglasses with “Driveaway” lenses. They work great and they darken with the sun just like my transitions lenses on my regular glasses only these are darker and the polarized lenses are great for cutting glare on the water. I got them made in bifocal instead of the trifocal in my transitions lenses, in anticipation of using them only for out of doors. Now that I have them I find myself forgetting to change back. Maybe I should have gotten trifocals, but then I would still need to change glasses when it gets dark.
At the moment the wind has died to nothing, the skies are blue the ice maker is making ice and a few fishing boats are pulling in. Life is good.
We walked into downtown, which is a short walk, and had dinner at an Italian restaurant. With beer and wine and tip, two orders of lasagna came to about $40. Good lasagna, but not that good.
September 21, 2009 Marilyn
and I are taking a layover day because of high winds from the south. Here at
Port Austin, south winds create no discernable waves because they are coming
from directly offshore and do not have any distance to build up (fetch). But as
soon as we would turn the corner to go to
This is a static capture of today’s prediction. As you can see, winds are predicted to 20 MPH, dying down to 6 MPH by 11:00 AM tomorrow morning. Even the 9 or 10 MPH winds on Thursday are from the west so we will be protected from them by a lee shore and by late in the day Thursday we should be in the Saint Clair River. We should make it to our home port at Rivers Bend by Thursday night and we are hoping to get picked up Friday to go to our house in Birmingham MI. Marilyn and I have a guideline not to go out if Beaufort Force 3 or higher winds are predicted.
We ate lunch at a little Polish restaurant downtown across the street from the Italian restaurant. Marilyn had big homemade pierogis and I had biscuits and gravy, all for about $10 with tip. Not a bad deal.
September 22, 2009 We were anticipating
a short ride to
Unfortunately the predictions
are even worse Thursday and Friday and then for Saturday Sunday and Monday “fugget about it” with lots of winds over 20 MPH. We really
didn’t have any options in our planning because we had picked up so much
seaweed at Port Sanilac on the way up, I really wanted
to avoid stopping there. The Lexington State Dock listing says it is open from
early May until late September. Marilyn reminded me that I had checked with
them earlier and they are open until September 27. If we give it a try and we
get too beat up we can pull in at
September 23, 2009 Best news
first, we are tied up in our old slip at Rivers Bend. It is good to be home. We
jumped off to an early start at 7:30 and ran 2000 RPM (6.5 knots) all day. Our
speed actually got over 10 knots as we passed under the
We had amazingly warm weather
for late September and only a few days we couldn’t travel because of the
weather (Mackinaw, Presque Isle and Port Austin). We could have been stuck in
Thursday September 24, 2009 We both slept in.